Former Australian keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has explored on yet another remarkable ODI hundred from Steve Smith. Steve Smith is at his brutal best in the ongoing ODI series against India, slamming back to back centuries and Sunday was yet another day when he backed up his three-figure mark from the Friday’s game. Adam Gilchrist, who was an explosive batter himself, underlined that Smith has not mindlessly slogged in both the games in Sydney.
Steve Smith walked into the series, announcing that he felt excellent about his rhythm and has found his ‘hands’. It proved right and ominous for India as the 31-year old did not look like anywhere near to how he performed in IPL, struggling consistently. In Australian colours, the right-handed batsman blasted both the tons off 62 deliveries, manhandling the Indian bowlers. Smith clattered 105 and 104 in two innings so far.
Adam Gilchrist underlined that Steve Smith seems to be playing more wide-ranging shots without playing any reckless slogs and is expanding the foundation a bit more. Instead of a cover drive, Smith has preferred to go straight over cover, being creative in his thinking, allowing the foundation to be eclectic and consistent that is looking unique.
“He seems more prepared to be more expansive. He’s not playing any really reckless slogs or hacks he is just expanding the foundation of his game that little bit more. ather than just a cover drive along the ground it might just be leveraging a little bit and still hitting it so clean, straight over cover where there is no one behind a man. Just getting a bit more creative in his thinking, that is allowing the foundation that is so unique and so consistent to be expanded,” Gilchrist said as quoted by foxsports.com.au.
He hasn’t suddenly started slogging and playing big cross-batted swipes at every ball: Adam Gilchrist
The Western Australian further added that any tinkering to a batsman’s technique could ruin their game. According to Adam Gilchrist, Steve Smith has stuck to his natural game, being careful of taking unnecessary risks and only expanding his basics that has produced stunning results.
“At the end of the day you have got a natural way that you play and if you try to do something extraordinary different it is probably going to bring you undone. It might work in ad hoc situations but for consistency you are probably going to go back to your foundation that you work with. That is what I see Smith doing well, he hasn’t suddenly started slogging and playing big cross batted swipes at every ball he is just expanding the basics he work and relies on so well,” the retired-keeper added.